These picture books and the accompanying materials promote thoughtful discussion and exploration a variety of ways to express gratitude. The bonus video will give students the opportunity to learn to say thanks in another language.
During his life, Chief Jake Swamp delivered the Thanksgiving Address to numerous groups including the United Nations. Listen to him recite it, accompanied by Erwin Printup Jr's evocative art.
TeacherVision offers ideas for enrichment activities. Reading extensions include making a thankful list, learning about the Wampanoags, and eating a seasonal diet.
Teachers can find teaching suggestions aligned with Common Core Standards. I liked the suggestions for exploring the word "gift" by helping students create two lists. One enumerates gifts that can be wrapped and another describes those that cannot be wrapped.
Listen to this short interview with the author and learn about his favorite page in the book.
The publisher offers a downloadable poster as well as an activity page.
sting me and turn me into
a pincushion, thanks.
Pat Mora's delightful bilingual book is filled with humor and warmth. The accompanying video trailer allows students to experience the language of gratitude in both Spanish and English.
In addition to exposing children to a bilingual experience, Mora gives students the opportunity to appreciate poetic language.
In her open letter, Mora offers some wonderful suggestions for incorporating poetry into the classroom, Poetry Resource Guide for Teachers.
for comfortable shoes.
The local reporter,
for interesting news.
Spinelli turns our attention to the often unsung, unnoticed individuals who bring joy to our lives. Two children dress up and then role play various occupations.
What a terrific opportunity to recognize and thank community helpers.
A picture book set in simple couplets and accompanied by soft illustrations that young readers will appreciate.